Ed Grant was a terrific teacher, sympathetic listener, and longtime friend. I had three courses with him, including a course on science and religion that has influenced my own teaching. Despite our shared interest in that subject, at first my proposal to write a dissertation on the influence of Christian theology on early modern natural philosophy was rejected by Ed, Sam Westfall, and Fred Churchill—until I padded it with juicy quotations from departmental saints Alexandre Koyré and Edwin Arthur Burtt, making points similar to those I wanted to explore more fully. Ed soon came around, and several years later he told me eagerly that he was working on ideas about science and religion that I would like; he was right. My sadness at his passing mingles with much fondness for a good man and great scholar who encouraged me by his words and his deeds.
Edward B Davis
Distinguished Professor of the History of Science